BRIDGEWATER (CBS) — A grandmother from Bridgewater is slowly recovering from a horrific pit bull attack in which she lost part of her face.

Police say 71-year-old Normanda Torres was attacked for no reason by her grandson’s 50-pound dog as she stood at a kitchen sink late Thursday morning.

The pit bull bit off part of her nose and mouth before her 20-year-old grandson Daniel Joseph could stop it.

She was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for surgery.

After such attacks, dogs are usually quarantined for 10 days. But surgeons at the Brigham wanted the dog put down immediately because they needed the pieces of Torres’ face that the dog had bitten off. Those pieces were in the pit bull’s stomach.

“The surgery on the dog was performed at West Bridgewater animal hospital. The vital pieces were retrieved and were transported to the emergency room of Brigham & Women’s Hospital by Bridgewater Police,” Police Lt. Thomas Schlatz said in a statement Friday.

The dog, which was a year-and-a-half-old, had bitten someone on two previous occasions, police said, but those were considered minor incidents.

Comments (15)
  1. emom says:

    It is no longer considered minor,, This dog is not suitable to be around people, There is something off about it,, I can beleive I will say this , But either it needs addition behavior training or it has to be put down.. this Dog is a menace

  2. mikey says:

    A pit bull with a HISTORY… Gee, imagine that!

    Wonder what training the dog has had. I can only suspect…

  3. Enough says:

    Considered minor incidents, huh? Perhaps if they had taken the “minor” incidents more seriously, this poor woman would be going through major facial reconstruction! Pit Bulls should be a one-strike rule: one bite and you are put down. Yes, to all those who say “it’s not the breed it’s the owners” the owners are reponsible for their dogs. But this breed is far too strong to be allowed repeat offenses. Think about it – this poor woman had parts of her face bitten off and EATEN! She is having parts of her face re-attached that were in the digestive tract of an animal! That is horrible!

    1. Mikey Cyrus says:

      Agree completely, and the penalties to the owners should be harsh as well. But that is all after the fact. How about requiring special licenses that cost much more than regular dog licenses? Maybe requiring insurance? And strict penalties if you are found without license/insurance?

  4. Yikes says:

    True, but ignorant people who don’t follow the rules wouldn’t license or insure their dogs, and who checks up to make sure they did? That would all be after the fact too. I think homeowners is higher for certain breeds already, but how do they know to charge the higher rate if they dont’ know the homeowner has the breed? Sad situation entirely.

  5. Lucy says:

    Pitbulls are great dogs with the right owners – the ones that are responsible and educated on how to handle them. Clearly something was wrong here.

    Blame the owner – not the breed.

    If people would do their homework before adopting an animal then this would happen far less.

    1. Steve says:

      Fewer people would have their faces ripped off? That’s comforting. It’s also comforting that I can blame the dog’s owner after my wife or one of my kids, my mom, etc. been disfigured for the rest of their life and has to eat through their ear.

    2. LAstud says:

      We hear this same garbage story after every pitbull attack. Get rid of the dog, get rid of the problem

  6. emom says:

    I am beginning to think that it is the people that sell these dogs that needs to be sure the new owners are equipped and educated in handling this breed. It appears that there are far to many of these dogs and not enough competent owners to handle them/ maybe a license to own this breed of dog and a set of classes on how to handle and train them properly. We hear of this kind of tragedy from this breed more than any other breed, and there are hundreds of breeds. Full training is vital to handling this breed, I think it should be maditory since they are a problem breed.

  7. Curtis Wainright says:

    Hey Moms and Dads, boys and girls. Here’s a great Christmas gift idea: give your loved ones a Pit Bull Doggie. These loveable, zany, cuddley little guys will fit well under the xmas tree and will be a pleasant additon for the whole family…even grandma and grandpa.

    And remember, there are no bad dogs, just bad dog owners.

  8. Its the damn breed says:

    Blame the Breed!!!
    Sure, the owners do have a part in a dog going bad. But you don’t hear about a pack of Shih’Tzu’s tearing off a woman’s face. Or the Arms of the elderly man in Florida, or the toddler that the pitbull in London ate. Face it people, if it was the owners, then any dog they owned would be liable to attack. I don’t hear about labrador retrievers killing joggers for coming too close to the lawn, even if their owners aren’t good owners. ITS THE DAMN BREED. JUST CAUSE YOU CAN TRAIN A KILLER ANIMAL NOT TO KILL EVERYTHING IT SEES DOESN”T MEAN IT CAN”T AND WON’T KILL WITH VERY LITTLE PROVOCATION. My neighbors have a full grown pit in their apartment. We share the same backyard as they do. I will absolutley not let my kids go outside if that dog is out there. I keep a gun handy to put it down for the day it decides they or my wife is a threat.

  9. The Logic Bomb says:

    For every 1 dog attack there are 100 kids who attack other kids, vandalize property, and commit violent offenses.
    For every 1 dog attack there are 100 adults who rob, steal, rape, and kill.

    It’s funny we don’t hold people to the same standards.
    Last time I checked every war fought or nuke dropped has been committed by humans.

  10. W.R.Bailey says:

    Never heard of a bully eating part of his victims face. Dog was probably just hungry. Not a good excuse to have a dangerous breed that will get you sued. Sometimes lawyers are a necessary evil. The cops in the instance are useless.

  11. heather says:

    all of you people who have something negative to say about the dog owner can seriously shut up cuz you dont know a damn thing about them. they are like my family and they are good people. they are hurting right now and you people saying things like this is just making worse. so do us all a favor and keep your thoughts to yourself

  12. rjm says:

    Any dog that has bitten someone twice prior.. it doesn’t take a lot of smarts to conclude that there is an aggression problem with the dog, or the owner, or both. As Carlos Mencia would say, “Dee Da Dee??!!”

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